These baked sweet potato cups are just to cute to eat! They are a perfect holiday side dish and go well with baked chicken, turkey or ham. What I liked most about it is that it is served in orange cups. I have had this recipe for quite some time, but I have yet to try it with sweet potato because they are not grown here, however, we do have boniatos, what we call batatas. Batatas are great tasting too, but not as moist as sweet potatoes. I was not surprise that this recipe still came out DELICIOUS even when I substituted the main ingredient. So here once again I made an American dish with a Dominican twist. I hope you enjoy it!
Baked Sweet Potato Cups
3 pound medium-size sweet potatoes
6 large navel oranges
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup whipping cream
2 large eggs
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ground cloves
½ cup finely chopped pecans
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Place sweet potatoes in an aluminum lined baking sheet and bake at 400ºF (200ºC) for 45 – 60 minutes or until tender. Let cool, cut in half and scoop out pulp reserve and discard skins.
2. Cut oranges in half, remove pulp and reserve for another use. Rinse orange rind cups twice in cold water and sprinkle with a little white granulated sugar, reserve.
4. Spoon sweet potato mixture evenly into orange cups and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 ºF (175ºC) for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, Combine five topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly on top of each cup bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
a) The sweet potato mixture rises in when baked, so just fill cups up to the top line.
b) Scooped orange cups and sweet potato mixture can be made one day in advance. Store them wrapped in plastic separately in the refrigerator until ready to assemble and bake.
c) YESSSS ... you can bake in a baking dish. You may also add mini marshmallows to the pecan topping and bake until marshmallows begin to melt a little and become golden brown.
Yield: 12 servings